This is the 5th book that I have bought of this type as these are filled with beautiful artwork by the many talented artists behind the hit films. The slipcase is also really nicely and made of sturdy material. As a new collector of Marvel film artwork books this is a must for your collection and at such a low original selling price I think this is a bargain as these are highly collectable.
Iron Man as a franchise certainly is at its peak with the third movie.
Since the first Iron Man movie, Tony Stark has created six Iron Man suits. Mark VII appeared in The Avengers. In Iron Man 3, there are 42 models.
All 42 Iron Man armor suits are featured in the book. They are lined up side by side on a gatefold page from Mark 1 to Mark 42. The Iron Legion, they are called. This is probably the only place you can see all the suits.
The suits that appear more prominently in the movie are given more pages accordingly. They are namely, War Machine, Iron Patriot, Mark 15 Sneaky, Mark 16 Nightclub, Mark 17 Heartbreaker, Mark 25 Thumper, Mark 33 Silver Centurion, Mark 35 Snapper, Mark 37 Hammerhead, Mark 38 Igor, Mark 39 Gemini, Mark 41 Bones and of course Mark XLII (that's 42). Those that are briefly or not shown in the book are just on that gatefold page.
Overall, there are more suits than in artbook one and two. Besides the suits, there are also concept art for the characters, scenes, locations (not much), and storyboards.
The characters are the Mandarin, Aldrich Killian and his Extremis gang. You won't get to see Pepper Potts in the way as shown in the movie and that's a shame. Locations include Tony's Malibu mansion and workshop, Rosehill town, Mandarin's Miami mansion and the seaport. There are quite a few storyboard sequences, about 20 over pages.
The art is fantastic, right from the start of the slipcase cover to the end of the 280-page hardcover. Fans who geek out over the film can continue to geek out with this artbook.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
"Iron Man 3: The Art of the Movie" is another great entry into the series of art books for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You'd be right to think that certain design aspects of the Iron Man films have been well-covered in the previous books for Iron Man and Iron Man 2, the addition of Iron Patriot and the Mandarin allow for a unique reading experience with all new artwork to accompany the text.
At this point, the main characteristics of the Iron Man suit are well defined by the previous two films. But it's fascinating to see the evolution of Stark's design throughout the series - he's up to Mark 42 when this film starts. Also, the with the addition of Stark's Iron Legion, the artists really got to design suits in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Stark essentially has a suit for every function - Mark 24 is specifically for combat, while Mark 34 is for disaster rescue and Mark 39 is for suborbital flight. These suits will make brief appearances in the background or might be in one or two shots during the final action sequence, but the book allows you to study them in closer detail.
It's not my favorite of the MCU art books, but if you are a fan of Iron Man and enjoyed the film then it's definitely worth reading.
A beautiful book made even more collectible by the slipcase nature of the format. A fantastic insight into the art and pre production visualization of the Iron Man 3 film. Iron Man fans will love the design variations of the Iron Man suit some of which were rendered by Ryan Meinerding, one of the best in the business. The only minor shame is the larger double page spread images have the spine running through the centre of the layout but this is a tiny gripe for such a great art of book.
This is a wonderful art book. As a big Marvel and Iron man fan I was ecstatic with this book. It features all the different suit designs which is quite fascinating, as well as concept art for the characters, scenes, locations and has storyboards. The art is gorgeous and fully compliments the film. I love seeing how hard these people have worked to create a wonderful film for us. It also comes in a goregous slipcase which I geek out over..just makes it a bit more impressive.
This is a wonderful art book. As a big Marvel and Iron man fan. It features all the different suit designs which is quite fascinating, as well as concept art for the characters, scenes, locations and has storyboards. The art is gorgeous and fully compliments the film. I love seeing how hard these people have worked to create a wonderful film for us. It also comes in a goregous slipcase. The Art Book is VERY impressive. 5/5
Another book filled with gorgeous artwork by the many talented artists behind the hit films. The slipcase is also really nicely finished in a matt finish with gloss detail.
Along with the other Marvel film artwork books this is a must for your collection and at less than £25 I feel it is a bargain for what is surely to become a sought after collectible...especially if you keep it in mint condition!
The whole book is great, there is not only art for what's in the film, but also many prototype variations of suits and extremis. Without a doubt, the best thing is the fold out at the back with all 42 of the suits (being at the back, I thought it wasn't there!). I'm not sure why but mark I - XIV don't have names, which doesn't matter for 1-7 because we saw them in the movies, but it leaves questions about 8-14.
It has lots of details from the making of iron man 3 I love the fact that it has a picture of all 42 suits. I tried to find other pictures of the minor suits but this is the only place where you will find all of them.